The 12 Tenors – Best of Tour – English version
German Version: The 12 Tenors – Best of Tour
12 Tenors, 22 World Hits, one show
on February, 25th at Eurogress, Aachen
It’s an early Spring day on this late February evening in Aachen. In the “Stadtgarten”, a large park area near the city, between a superior hotel and the historical “Kurhaus” is the congress centre Eurogress, built in the 1970s. The people in the foyer are calm as they looking forward to the upcoming event which is expected to have a classic touch. Up to 1700 people are gathering shortly before the concert of the “12 Tenors” into the almost sold-out Europasaal.
“The 12 Tenors”, who have already been travelling through many cities in Europe and Asia for eleven years in a constantly changing line-up, integrate the big city in western Germany for the first time on one of their tours. And they will always remember the city because of a little anecdote with a new dryer, which they had to carry the streets of Aachen by themselves.
The big question of the audience is what to expect from the twelve international top singers from different countries who came together for this project. Most members of the current line-up are from the UK (Jordan Ramroop, Aran Macrae, Matt Hayden, Shane Barragan, Michael Lynch and Jamie Pritchard), alongside Julian Quijano from Columbia, Andy Conaghan from Australia, Daniele Alan Carter and Julian Dionne from Italy, as well as Alexander Herzog and Martin Turner van Holtgreven from Germany.
Silence quickly spreads throughout the hall after the gong announces the beginning of the show. The large stage not only offers enough space for the twelve gentlemen, it also hosts the high-class three-member band in the background between six white columns of different heights. Under the musical direction of James Harrison, who also sits at the piano, Stephan Coetzee on drums and Matt Henderson on keyboard accompany their front singers brilliantly through the evening. The loudspeaker imitates an old creaking vinyl record and offers a small insight into the repertoire already, while the twelve singers gather on stage. The concert starts quite unspectacular with some solid Italian tones (“Funiculi Funicula” and “La Donna e mobile”), before the first impressions of a possibly something other than purely classical course appear with an interpretation of “My little green cactus” from the Comedian Harmonists. The audience takes the offered funny tones and the encouragement to clap along, to sing along or even to dance along as an opportunity to come out their shell. And when a medley of the “four gentlemen from Liverpool” – the Beatles – was announced it was clear that this concert is not a conservative-classical one but rather a special one of a high-class quality.
Embedded in an extraordinary light show the twelve tenors sing and dance their way into the hearts of their audience, with powerful voices and a fabulous show; and they seduce especially the Ladies in the hall with their irresistible charm and a seductive wink. Until the grand finale they take their audience with their songs, which are elaborately arranged for twelve different voices, on an emotional rollercoaster ride with tears of laughter in one moment and in need of tissues in the next one. It’s hard to highlight special moments of the show. Daniele Alan Carter, for example, blows the audience away with his light but extremely high tones in the song “My love”, and only a little later Matt Hayden and his two colleagues move the audience to tears with “Gira con me questa notte”. In more classical pieces, like “Nessum Dorma” or “Granada” not only Alexander Herzog, but also Julian Dionne and Andy Conaghan fascinate with their powerful voices. Another highlights of the show are “Perhaps Love”, originally performed by Placido Domingo and John Denver, and an emotionally bordering “Angels”, best known by Robbie Williams, presented by Daniele Alan Carter and Michael Lynch. This song was originally written by an Irishman who sang it for the first time in a hospital when his daughter died during birth – “I’m loving an angel instead”. Accordingly, the singers dedicate their touching version of this sensitive song to the charity project “Deutsche Kinderhospiz und Familienstiftung”, which they have successfully supported since last year.
The fact that all “12 Tenors” share a passion for music from the most diverse genres is been proved by the enormous variety of songs throughout the show. Whether classical arias, enchanting musical hits, emotional love ballads or great pop and rock hymns, from Bryan Adams to Michael Jackson, from Pucchini to Frank Sinatra, from Leonard Cohen to Queen and Meat Loaf – the young men are at home everywhere. The varied and multifaceted set list of their concerts offers an awesome crossover through the greatest hits of all time. Their interpretations are captivating, fascinating and cause great emotions, an ultimate “Best of”, performed by twelve amazing artists.
This year’s tour of the “The 12 Tenors” will take them through many more cities. A new tour in the next year – also with another stop in Aachen – has already been announced. Tickets and further information can be obtained from all known booking portals as well as from the ensemble’s homepage www.12-tenors.com.